the shape of acid jazz to come: MOSES BOYD's Dark Matter

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I've been meaning to start a thread on this, one of my top 2020 albums so far, but wasn't sure how much traction it would get (also I'm sure I'll regret this thread title in about ten mins). But then dow posted this on rolling jazz:

if the title of Moses Boyd's Dark Matter suggests a science fiction soundtrack, you're on the right trek: "Nommos Descent," feat. Nonku Phiri and Nubya Garcia, is like Quincy Jones of Young London Presents the New Nocturnal PostFreeBop Pop--that's the one that The Guardian calls "over produced," but I don't think so, it fits perfectly after the gruff, vivid social observations over circular jagged beats and recurring sax fiber of "Dancing in the Dark" feat. Obongjayar, the dubbier drive of "Only You," (incl. roil of looped[?] drums), and "Far Gone"'s flexing core times the rippling ricochet piano of Joe Armon-Jones. Elsewhere we get well-chosen bits of conversation, overblown flute, tough guitar---so far I'm only underwhelmed by the opener, which incl. tinny muted trumpet, not good to start w anticlimax.
I guess early works of Soul II Soul and Massive Attack might also be suggested, but this seems more consistently expansive and energized, in a cool, wider-ranging-record-collection way.

― dow, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:34 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

One of my favorites this year for sure

― Mordy, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:56 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

dow otm, though I don't quite agree about the first track, I've always liked muted trumpet and the whole thing has an overture quality that works as an opener imo

dip to dup (rob), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 12:49 (two months ago) link

Love this album, love the first record as well.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 13:10 (two months ago) link

sick album.

calzino, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 13:23 (two months ago) link

I'm overdue to check out the previous one (loved "Rye Lane Shuffle/Drum Dance").

Since I'm not in the UK, I wonder how possible is it that "Shades of You" could get radio play?

dip to dup (rob), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 13:28 (two months ago) link

It got 6music radio play but that doesn't really count.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 13:36 (two months ago) link

Yeah, this is great. Also Joe Armon-Jones' stuff under his own name; he's done a couple of great albums.

fetter, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 14:39 (two months ago) link

Agree with the refs to Soul II Soul & Massive Attack - I keep expecting this stuff to cross over. Wanna hear it at my neighbours' barbecues.

fetter, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 14:41 (two months ago) link

I have been doing my part by making sure my neighbours hear “shades of you” every day (although I don’t actually play it very loud because I am a good boy)

Microbes oft teem (wins), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:06 (two months ago) link

love "shades of you" whole album is enormous but that track is a knockout for sure

Mordy, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:22 (two months ago) link

i love the way she sings "colors" on the opening line

Mordy, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:23 (two months ago) link

This is nice, very Tony Allen, I wonder how much of that came out of this?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:25 (two months ago) link

lol just got to the 'In the Air Tonight' fills on Dancing in the Dark

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:28 (two months ago) link

Nothing against muted trumpet as such, but it sounded tinny in such robust setting, although Boyd was prob going for contrast: the sound of one in the city etc.--- I like it more now that I'm more familiar with the track and the album.

This was my gateway

Then this!

dow, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:45 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Out later this year,(Update: Sept 25, last I heard)'Blue Note Re:imagined' is a contemporary take on the label's timeless output, a newly recorded collection of songs by a broad cross-section of fresh voices.

It's a broad spread, too, moving from Ezra Collective and Shabaka Hutchings through to Yazmin Lacey, Alfa Mist, and Nubya Garcia.

Jorja Smith opted to tackle St Germain's 'Rose Rouge', which sampled Marlena Shaw’s vastly influential 'Cookin With Blue Note At Montreux' album. Play it via this post: Maybe too
2000 loungey at first, but builds.

Out now, it's the perfect lead in to the project, which follows Blue Note's 80th anniversary celebrations last year.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 01:59 (three weeks ago) link

Sorry, that last line was from the magazine! The track is out now, album later.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:00 (three weeks ago) link

A y2k time trip, but it's growing on me!

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:02 (three weeks ago) link

try to do it directly:

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:09 (three weeks ago) link

Seems like it sounds better now that I've switched to Firefox.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:10 (three weeks ago) link

Don't know if they've added anything beyond her vocals, haven't done comparative listening yet.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:11 (three weeks ago) link

Listened all the way through again, nice!

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:12 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

love this record sooo much

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 28 June 2020 14:24 (one week ago) link

i love the way she sings "colors" on the opening line

― Mordy, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:23 AM (one month ago)

This is otm. In fact all her inflections on the verses are really compelling. Love this bit:

There is beauty in your darkness
So much colour in your soul
Seeping as I put it
I enter your black hole

rob, Sunday, 28 June 2020 14:48 (one week ago) link

BTB and Shades of You are both awesome, but the whole thing is great.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Sunday, 28 June 2020 21:37 (one week ago) link

Excerpts of these tracks are brief but promising and thread-relevant---on the site, looks like you can get digital, if only track by track at this point (maybe wait & see what options turn up on Amazon etc. when it's released)

Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ brings together many of the ground-breaking artists involved in the new jazz scene that has developed in the UK over the last few years. Featured artists include Matthew Halsall, Yazmin Lacey, Ill Considered, Tenderlonious, Theon Cross, Emma-Jean Thackray and many, many more in this ground-breaking release.

As well as sharing a pioneering spirit in these new artists’ approach to frontier-crossing musical boundaries, a further theme of this album is that many also share a determination to independent practices - and most of these artists’ recordings featured here are either self-published or released on independent labels. While the attention of this new wave of jazz artists has up until now has been London-based, this album shows how this movement is spread across the whole of Britain (and indeed beyond).

‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ shows that while there is commonality in these artists approach to music, there is a wide variety of styles – from deep spiritual jazz, electronic experimentalisation, punk-edged funk, uplifting modal righteousness, deep soulful vocals and much more.

Soul Jazz Records’ new release comes as a superb one-off pressing special deluxe triple album edition which comes with a bonus limited-edition one-off pressing 7" single, a standard triple album, and a deluxe double CD pack. This album also comes with extensive sleevenotes, artist interviews and exclusive photography.


Soul Jazz records are also releasing an exclusive one-off pressing double-headed 12” single featuring Theon Cross and Pokus released on the same day as the ‘Kaleidoscope’ album release. These two tracks do not feature on the vinyl edition of the album - this 12" single will will also be deleted on day of release.

Release Date
17 July 2020

In case that image of the cover goes away, here are the tracks:
1 Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One
2 Yazmin Lacey – 90 Degrees
3 Hector Plimmer – Communication Control
4 Ill Considered – Long Way Home (Live At The Crypt)
5 The Expansions – Mosaic
6 Chip Wickham – Red Planet
7 Levitation Orchestra – Odyssey
8 Emma-Jean Thackray – Walrus
9 Tenderlonious and The 22archestra – The Shakedown
10 Pokus – Pokus One
11 Theon Cross – Candace Of Meroe
12 Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin – Tanner's Tango
13 Collocutor – Gozo
14 Makaya McCraven – Untitled
15 Nat Birchall – Ancient World
16 Ruby Rushton – Moonlight Woman
17 Ebi Soda – Dimmsdale
18 The Cromagnon Band – Thunder Perfect
19 SEED Ensemble – Mirrors
20 Ishmael Ensemble – Kito's Theme
21 Vels Trio – Yellow Ochre (Part 1)
More info, audio snips:

dow, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:39 (one week ago) link

I like that Makaya McCraven is an honorary member of this scene now

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:40 (one week ago) link

Yeah! I'll prob get the 2-CD

dow, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:41 (one week ago) link

I don't know much about Ill Considered, but I love their s/t album from a few years ago

fetter, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:58 (one week ago) link

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